DEBATE

It’s Debatable (Debate):

(both elementary and middle school level are available)

Is it right or wrong? Let’s argue about it!

In this course, students will be introduced to a set of portable argumentation and advocacy skills. Students will initially learn about and practice structured extemporaneous speeches with emphasis on verbal and nonverbal delivery skills (organization, projection, inflection, eye-contact, hand gestures, and more). Students will then build a foundation for effective argumentation and advocacy (claim/warrant/evidence). Special emphasis will be placed on critical thinking and listening skills as well as argument resolution. This class is ultimately for students who want to explore debate in a noncompetitive environment but may choose to participate in the debate team later on.